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    No questions asked!

    I often see this sentence in ads. Could you tell me its exact meaning please?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    Without seeing the full advert, I would presume that the advertiser will buy something or hire someone without enquiring into the origins or previous history of the thing or person.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Without seeing the full advert, I would presume that the advertiser will buy something or hire someone without enquiring into the origins or previous history of the thing or person.


    It applies generally to questions like 'Do you have a criminal record?' or 'Did you buy this watch legally?', rather than 'Would you like a cup of tea?'

    But as Anglika says, it depends crucially on the context. The questions referred to might be about criminality, or sexual preferences, or personal finances... anything that is potentially embarrassing.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    In my experience, the usual context in which you'll see this phrase is in a "lost and found" ad. Someone has misplaced a valuable item and they know that it has more than likely been stolen. They want it back and post an ad stating that they will pay a reward if the item is returned. "LOST: One emerald ring, gold band, sentimental value. $250 reward, no questions asked." The "no questions asked" means that if someone does return the ring, the owner won't ask that person how he happened to possess it (since it's most likely that he is the thief who stole it) - he'll just gratefully take it back and pay the reward.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Without seeing the full advert, I would presume that the advertiser will buy something or hire someone without enquiring into the origins or previous history of the thing or person.
    Several times I came across an advertisement for a product, in which there is a 'No questions asked' as in:

    100% Money Back Guarantee* - No questions asked.

    Could you help me further please? Thank you again.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    As indicated, it means that no questions will be asked. Presumably the advertiser is offering something for sale, and if you are not happy with it, you can return it and the seller will not query why you want to return it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Several times I came across an advertisement for a product, in which there is a 'No questions asked' as in:

    100% Money Back Guarantee* - No questions asked.

    Could you help me further please? Thank you again.
    I guess.. this ad simply means, that if you are not satisfied with the product that you bought, you can return it to the vendor without them asking you why you are returning it.

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    Default Re: no questions asked

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Several times I came across an advertisement for a product, in which there is a 'No questions asked' as in:

    100% Money Back Guarantee* - No questions asked.

    Could you help me further please? Thank you again.
    The "questions" referred to there are ones like these:

    How did you break it?
    What's wrong with it?
    When did you buy it?
    Who sold you this?
    Did you buy it on eBay?
    How long have you had it?
    What were you using it for?
    Were you following the maker's instructions?


    What the ad is saying is that they'll return the money without imposing any conditions (such as 'We'll only give you a full refund if you bought it from a registered dealer in the last 30 days'). This is sometimes referred to in ads as a 'no-quibble guarantee'.

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